Organ and Tissue Donation is the leading form of voluntary offering to fellow human beings while the dissemination of the idea of transplantation depends to a significant extent on the awareness and participation of social actors and society in general.
The transplants in Greece of the pandemic, contrary to what one might imagine, did not decrease. On the contrary, although they were affected like any other activity of medicine and outside it, especially in the first trimester of the pandemic, nevertheless, The total number of both organ donors and transplants performed in the last year, not only do not lag behind the transplants of other years but have exceeded them.
As explained by Mr. George Papatheodoridis, President of the National Transplant Organization (EOM), Professor of EKPA, Director of the University Gastroenterology Clinic and Director of the Liver Transplant Unit - GNA "Laiko", speaking in Athens 9.84 and Margarita M initially there was a big shock in the field of transplants with the onset of the pandemic.
"At least in the first trimester there was a freeze on the transplants of the solid organs, ie kidney, liver, heart, lungs, almost no transplants were performed. However, after this very difficult period, there was a recovery that showed rapid reflexes of adaptation to the new situation ".
According to Mr. Papatheodoridis, the citizens now have a positive view of the field of transplants and realize the great importance of this gift of life through the consent to the transplant on the part of the relatives of the people who are leaving life.
The President of EOM, stood especially on the bone marrow transplants, announcing that they did not stop even in the first difficult quarter of the pandemic.
In fact, he stressed the urgent need to invest in education and the proper information of children and adolescents in order to promote organ donation and transplants.
"Through the actions of two major organizations, Vision Hope and KEDMOP, we have amassed a very large number of potential bone marrow donors so that we can to some extent meet domestic needs for transplants and at the same time give several transplants abroad."
After all, they are moving in this direction "Organoulides" is an educational workshop with the support of the Onassis Foundation, with leading coordinators of the National Transplant Organization, specialized doctors and with a vehicle the characters of "Organoulides", who help the new generation learn the value of transplantation and donation.
He pointed out that "we understand that the Greeks do not lag behind in the donation effort. Of course, there will always be some of our fellow human beings who hesitate or refuse for their own reasons, but the majority are positive. "
Concluding, note: "The fact that not many solid organ transplants are performed is mainly a matter of organization and this is something that we must improve in cooperation with the state."